Let's hear it for the Mediterranean-style diet

Want to live longer and better? Of course you do.

Then maybe you should switch to a Mediterranean-style diet. The latest research supports the long-term health benefits for people who eat this way.

"Three good studies that have been done in the last few months show three things," explained Dr. John Swartzberg, head of the editorial board at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. One, you're going to have a younger brain as you age, that is you'll have better cognitive function as you age. Two, you'll be healthier as you age, fewer chronic medical problems. And three, you're likely to live longer."

Dr. Swartzberg reminds us that the Mediterranean-style diet focuses on whole or minimally-processed plant foods.

"It has a lot of olive oil for example and a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, a moderate amount of fish and a limited amount of dairy. Most of the dairy is yogurt and cheese. Plus, there's a very small amount of red meat and sweets. Wine is also part of the diet -- particularly red wine," he said. "It's quite a palatable diet."

To your health!

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